mesclun

Fresh Eats For Dinner – Winter Veggies

Home from a short break at the beach, we are happy to be back on the farm. Things seem to be ok despite some warm temps, heavy rain, strong winds all followed up with chilly temps. You, know…the weird up-and-down weather we’ve been having as of late.

Here’s what my peek under the row cover revealed:

Kale

Kale

Yummy!

Yummy!

Yes!!! Harvest size achieved and will be taken advantage of tonight…along with

Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Collards

Chard, Perpetual Spinach, Collards

and…

Spinach

Spinach

Nothing like a pot of fresh greens to make ya feel warm and cozy on a chilly day.

For other action, here are some lettuce heads coming along as well as the patch of mesclun:

Lettuce heads

Lettuce heads

Mesclun

Mesclun

Here’s to a farm fresh supper!

Greens – a thought about them and a recipe for slaw

For some, this time of year is boring. Lack luster. Dull. Uninteresting. Insert adjective of choice.

I mean, who could possibly love greens?

What is the use of cool season crops? Why bother? Just bring on the main show. The summer crops. The fun stuff.

To those folks, I ask…are you sure? Why are you not excited for greens? How can this disdain exist? Greens are the harbinger of spring. They mark the end of winter doldrums…the first of freshness. They are the epitome of freshness.

Personally, greens are some of my favorite crops which encompass anything from the delicate and luscious spring mescluns to the heartier cabbages, collards, chard and kales (oh my, kales! YUM!).

So, I implore you not to discount the greens. Give them a try. There are too many great things that can be done with them…from a simple, refreshing salad

Spring lettuce mesclun with gorgonzola, walnuts, craisins, oil and balsamic

Spring lettuce mesclun with gorgonzola, walnuts, craisins, oil and balsamic

To crisp cole slaws:

Kale and Cabbage Coleslaw with Marcona Almonds

(Many thanks, Patsy, for the recipe…we cannot wait to try it this weekend.)

Give greens a try, won’t you? Once summer rolls around, the delicate and the refreshing will be missed.

 

 

Fall preview

Despite above normal precipitation and below normal temps, our fall plantings have sprouted, and I am ever hopeful that we will over-winter with lettuce, spinach, mesclun, greens, radishes, turnips and bunching onions. All are under row covers to:

1) protect seedlings from bugs…there are plenty out there.

2) protect seedlings from the torrential rains!

3) protect from an early frost…it’s possible!

Here’s a preview:

Some lettuces

Some head lettuces

Radishes

Radishes

Um…..I wish the weeds would take a break. Clearly, it is time to do some more weeding….AGAIN.

Spinach

Lettuce Mesclun

Ok. More weeds. Grrr. The lush green in the far end of the picture is mustard mesclun, a fall lettuce mix of mesclun and turnips (cannot really see).